These Soy Sauce Noodles are so easy to make, they are perfect for the nights that you don't know what to make for dinner. Just 6 ingredients (that your probably already have in your kitchen) and this noodle dish is ready in under 10 minutes. Comforting, bursting with flavour and minimal effort.
Salty noodles might just be my favourite easy comfort food. Really, any noodle dish will give me an instant pick-me-up. When I don't have the time to make my Pho Ga (Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup) or Thai Chicken Noodles, I whip these up when I need a noodle fix. Salty noodles with a hint of spiciness, with lots of different options of how to serve it - this is speedy comfort food.
If you want another quick noodle dish, try our Chilli Garlic Noodles.
Why you will love it
- Minimal ingredients - These soy sauce noodles have just 6 ingredients in and as most of them are store cupboard staples, you probably already have these in your kitchen. Making it the perfect meal to make when you have no idea what to make.
- Quick - This recipe is ready in under 10 minutes. Just fry up the onions and garlic and add the noodles and sauce. What could be easier than that!
- Adaptable - Whilst the basic recipe for this is less than 10 minutes and only 6 ingredients, we have given you lots of options below on how to adapt it with different vegetables and protein.
- Comfort food - When we have had a bad day, or just need a bit of a pick-me-up, we always crave Chinese food. Instead of ordering a huge takeaway, we try to make this instead. Same comfort, just much cheaper and healthier.
- Healthier - Whilst a packet of noodles with soy sauce isn't going to be the most nutritious meal out there, it is a healthier alternative to ordering takeout. You can control exactly how much oil and soy sauce goes in it, and it's a great opportunity to add lots of extra vegetables that you wouldn't usually get when ordering noodles.
- Noodles - We used a packet of egg noodles because they are nice and thick and quick cooking. However, any noodle will work, just cook them according to the package instructions. You could use ramen noodles and you would need to boil and drain them first, and then you can follow the rest of the recipe as it is here.
- Soy sauce - If you want a real deep and intense flavour, then make sure to use the dark soy sauce in this recipe. However, you can use just light or reduced salt soy sauce if you prefer - you just won't have the same flavour. If you haven't cooked with dark soy sauce before, use a little first, taste it, and then add more if you like as it is very salty. Remember, you can always add more, but you can't take it back out. We like to use a mixture of light and dark.
- Oil - We used sesame oil as it goes really well with the soy sauce and it has a strong flavour. It gives the dish a hint of nuttiness to it.
- Chilli sauce - We would happily put chilli sauce on everything, and this is no exception. A little squeeze of sweet chilli sauce not only adds a kick of heat, but also some sweetness that balances out the saltiness of the soy sauce. If you don't want the sweetness, but still want some spice, then you could use another chilli sauce like Sriracha. You could leave it out completely and then just add a drizzle at the end for those that want it.
- Garlic - This recipe is quite garlic heavy, just the way we like it. If you don't love garlic as much as we do, then you can reduce the amount used or just leave it out completely. We crushed fresh garlic, but you could use frozen or garlic from a jar to save even more time.
- Onions - Some spring onions (scallions) add some extra texture to this noodle dish. We like to fry them with the garlic at the beginning, as it softens them just a little and takes the edge of the flavour. However, you could add them raw at the end.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
How to make soy sauce noodles - Step by step
One: Put 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, the soy sauce and sweet chilli sauce in a bowl and mix.
Two: In a frying pan, heat the rest of the oil and then add the spring onions and garlic. Cook on a low heat for 3 minutes, until softened.
Three: Add the noodles and stir, cooking for 2 minutes.
Four: Add the sauce, mix well and cook for 1 minute and serve.
How to adapt soy sauce noodles
We have kept this recipe very very basic. Just the noodles and sauce. However, that doesn't mean that there aren't lots of other ways to adapt it.
Protein - Not every dish has to be protein packed, but if you do want to give this recipe a protein boost (on top of what is in the egg noodles), then the easiest way to do that is either crack and egg in to it and mix well, kind of like egg fried rice, or even serve a runny fried egg on top when serving.
You could also add shredded leftovers chicken, like from our Easy Roast Chicken recipe or add slices of cooked steak for something really special. Salmon and prawns (shrimp) also work well and if you want to keep this vegan then some pan fried tofu is the perfect addition.
Vegetables - We think some quick cooking Asian greens like pak choi (bok choy) go perfectly with this and it can be fried up at the same time as the noodles. You could also add spinach, kale or Swiss chard for a green boost. If you want to add a bit of chunky texture to it, then slice up some baby portobello mushrooms and fry them at the same time as the onions.
You could also add some slices of baby corn, bean sprouts, bell peppers, courgette (zucchini), aubergine (eggplant) or thinly sliced carrot sticks which would add lots of colour. Basically, any vegetable that you would find in a stir fry would work well in this.
What to serve it with
As well as the added protein and vegetable options that we have given you above, you might want to serve these Soy Sauce Noodles with some side dishes.
Store: These are always best made from fresh and that's easy to do because this recipe is so quick. However, if you do have leftovers of this, then you can store them in an air tight container in the fridge for 24 hours.
Freeze: We wouldn't recommend freezing these noodles as the texture wouldn't be good after they defrost.
Reheat: To reheat, simply add them to a hot pan and heat through. Make sure they are piping hot before serving.
Frequently Asked Questions
This isn't the most nutrient dense meal we have on the blog, however if you are making this as an alternative to ordering takeout, then it's a healthier option. There are also lots of different vegetables that you can add to make it more nutrient dense.
There are 405 calories in this recipe.
These noodles are not meant to be drowning in sauce. There is meant to be enough so that it clings to the noodles. However, you can always make more sauce if you want, but we think that would be too salty.
No, you don't have to use chilli sauce at all. You can use one as spicy or as mild as you like to suit your own tastes, or just leave it out. If you are leaving it out, then you might want to add a little extra oil or soy sauce, otherwise there might not be enough sauce to coat the noodles.
This recipe is vegetarian, not vegan due to the egg noodles that we have used. However, that is a really simple thing to change as you can just swap them for your favourite vegan noodles. Make sure you check the rest of the ingredients you are using are suitable for vegans too.
• If you want to add some extra sweetness to this, then you could add a squeeze of honey to the sauce. We don't find that it needs it, as we use sweet chilli sauce. But if you use a different chilli sauce, like Sriracha, then you might want the honey.
• Save some spring onions to sprinkle on top when serving and some sesame seeds as well.
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Soy Sauce Noodles
- 300 g Egg noodles
- 1 tablespoon Dark soy sauce
- 2 tablespoon Soy sauce
- 2 tablespoon Sesame oil
- 2 tablespoon sweet chilli sauce
- 4 Garlic clove - crushed
- 4 Spring onion (Scallion) - sliced
- Put 1 tablespoon sesame oil, the soy sauce and sweet chilli sauce in a bowl and mix.
- In a frying pan, heat the rest of the oil and then add the spring onions and garlic. Cook on a low heat for 3 minutes, until softened.
- Add the noodles and stir, cooking for 2 minutes.
- Add the sauce, mix well and cook for 1 minute and serve.
- If you want to add some extra sweetness to this, then you could add a squeeze of honey to the sauce. We don't find that it needs it, as we use sweet chilli sauce. But if you use a different chilli sauce, like Sriracha, then you might want the honey.
- Save some spring onions to sprinkle on top when serving and some sesame seeds as well.